Tuesday, January 28, 2020

WARNING: Writers Avoid the Internet!!

Writers--Avoid the Internet

Hello and Welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Focused is the word of the day for this post. Do you find yourself not quite focused on your writing? You can't seem to remember things? You are easily distracted?

In a study published this summer entitled The online brain: how the Internet may be changing our cognition., lead author Dr Joseph Firth reported, "...high-levels of Internet use could indeed impact on many functions of the brain."

Starting your day by checking your email and social media will set your brain up for a day of distraction. It's like starting the day eating sugar, so the rest of the day you will crave sugar. With all the multi-tasking online, you set up a pattern for your brain to be in high gear for the rest of the day.

In an article from the writing and wellness site, 5 ways are suggested to start off your morning so you will have a productive day of writing.

1. Read a poem
2. Read a book
3. Meditate
4. Make a gratitude list
5. Write down your thoughts for 5 minutes

If the Internet interferes with an adult brain, just imagine what it could do to a child's brain. The Internet has already shortened the attention span of adults to 8 seconds...shorter than a goldfish attention span. !!! 

Click here to read the entire article--5 Ways to Power Up Your Writing in the Morning.

Have you noticed you have trouble concentrating during the day? Do you have any other suggestions on how to start your morning without the Internet?  Please share them below in the comment box. Thank you.
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Writing and the Internet


  1. This is great advice, JQ. The internet is great for so many things - keeping in touch with people, research, etc - but it does affect concentration. Starting the day with something that you have to focus your concentration on is a great way to keep your brain engaged.

    1. Yes, indeed. I didn't realize how much all the hopping around on the Internet affects the brain activity. Thank you for stopping in, Helena.

  2. Interesting info about the internet. I used to start my day with checking my email and visiting blogs, because it frustrated me to sink into my WIP only to have to stop and get the kids off to school. Now that they're college-age, I've changed my habits. I've always closed my browser tabs except the online dictionary, etc., when I'm writing. I disable pop-up notifications, too. It's good to 'see' you again. :)

    1. Hi Melissa, good to see you too.! Good idea to close the browser tabs and disable notifications. No interruptions or temptations that way. Thank you for popping in.

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